Who’s Who in the Sciences

Ken Mills, Ph.D

Ken Mills, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of chemistry, trains his students in independent scientific thinking. That’s why all the students who work in his lab sharing his research into protein splicing have their own individual projects. And that’s why he received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to focus on undergraduate research and education in his specialty. “I want my students to appreciate that real-world research problems are not like textbook experiments,” Mills says. “They learn to ask good questions and design experiments to yield answers. They learn to analyze and interpret data. And if they run into difficulties, they learn to dig into the scientific literature. They learn to be nimble thinkers.”